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    All U-M international travel is suspended until at least April 21, with rare exceptions requiring approval. Domestic travel for university business is strongly discouraged.

    Rare exceptions for international travel deemed essential may be granted if approved by a designated administrator. We encourage domestic travelers to seek virtual methods of convening for university business. The university also discourages personal domestic and international travel.

  • Status: Restriction - entire country
  • U-M Travel Restriction Areas: Entire country (Not including Hong Kong SAR, Macao SAR, or Taiwan)

A novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV is causing an outbreak of severe respiratory illness in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. This outbreak began in early December 2019 and has intensified in recent days. Cases have also been identified in travelers from Wuhan to other parts of China and the world, including the United States. Person-to-person spread is occurring though it’s unclear how easily this virus is spreading between people at this time. Signs and symptoms of this illness include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.  The CDC classifies China as a level 3 warning destination and the U.S. State Department classifies China as a level 4 travel advisory, recommending that individuals avoid all travel to the country.

In response, the University has convened an expert team to monitor the situation. The team includes colleagues from the University Health Service (UHS), Washtenaw County Public Health, Michigan Medicine, the Provost’s Office Global Engagement Team, and other university stakeholders. UHS has posted a Novel Coronavirus 2019-nCoV FAQ and U-M Public Affairs maintains the most recent updates on  the Key Issues webpage for the Coronavirus.

As an additional precaution, the entire country is under a U-M travel restriction.  Undergraduate students may not proceed with U-M related travel to China and graduate students may only do so for compelling and extenuating circumstances with an ITOC approved safety plan, which ensures they are aware of the health risks, have  developed strategies to stay safe, and are prepared to shelter in place should China impose additional travel restrictions. Safety Plans are very likely to be denied.

All U-M Related Travel to China, including for faculty and staff, is discouraged. Personal travel to China also is discouraged. 

U-M Travel Warning areas are destinations where there are significant levels of health, safety or security risk.

U-M Travel Restriction areas are destinations where there are extreme health, safety or security risks.

U-M Travel Requirements per SPG 601.31:

Faculty and Staff

  • Register in the University Travel Registry.
  • Register with the U-M Travel Abroad Health Insurance provider (GeoBlue).
  • If leading graduate students to this destination, submit a Group Safety Plan proposal for review by the International Travel Oversight Committee (ITOC) before finalizing travel plans and a minimum of 3 weeks before departure.
    • The group safety plan must be approved to take graduate students to a warning destination.
    • If the group safety plan is approved, ensure that all participants sign a University Travel Warning / Restriction Destination Liability Waiver form in M-Compass.
  • Due to severe security concerns, the evacuation insurance provider may have limited or no capability in some regions of Travel Restriction destinations. Though faculty and staff are not required to complete an Individual Safety Plan proposal, they are encouraged to complete a safety plan, which ITOC may forward to the insurance provider to ensure that evacuation capabilities are available for each exact destination on the travel itinerary.

Graduate Students

  • Register in the University Travel Registry.
  • Enroll in the U-M Travel Abroad Health Insurance plan (GeoBlue).
  • Travel under an approved safety plan.
    • Individual travel: Submit a completed Individual Safety Plan proposal for review by the International Travel Oversight Committee (ITOC) before finalizing travel plans and a minimum of 3 weeks before departure.
    • Group travel: Group leader should submit a Group Safety Plan proposal for review by the International Travel Oversight Committee (ITOC) before finalizing travel plans and a minimum of 3 weeks before departure.  Individuals within the group travel do not need to complete individual safety plans.
  • Sign the University Travel Warning / Restriction Destination Liability Waiver when submitting an Individual Safety Plan. Individual travelers can find the waiver in their Safety Plan application in M-Compass. For travelers on group travel, the waiver will be in your M-Compass group travel registration.

Undergraduate Students

  • Travel is prohibited.

Additional Information

The following resources provide region specific health, safety, and security information to assist individuals in understanding and mitigating risks during travel:

The Safety Plan Worksheet guides travelers in preparing risk mitigation strategies for health, safety, and security. For travel to U-M warning/restriction destinations, safety plan proposals must be completed in M-Compass. Do not complete this worksheet for ITOC review.